2013 – 2014We have an open Board seat and are looking for an Administrator. If you are interested please look on the School Board and/or Employment pages of this site. Thanks.
I am excited about my staff. We have been good for a long time. During that time we have had flashes of brilliance where we played with greatness.
The economy and other budget concerns had caused us to reduce expenditures dramatically. Our staff was downsized to match our budget.
Thanks to the professionalism of the reduced staff we continued our remarkable run of high-test scores, successful audits, and other signs of being a high performing school.
This morning I walked into smiles all around. Kate Lemmon has joined us as our full time aide for the older classrooms. Colleen Fadden is our aide in the little ones room. Karen Sample is back for Music and Drama. We just hired Jim Popper to drive bus for us. Add two new board members in Anna Folsom and Kathy Corson to our team. All this new positive energy into our little school and I can already feel that positive hum of a team that is reenergized and working to greatness. I am soooo glad!
To that end, thank you staff and board for your professionalism, dedication, and sacrifice during those lean years. You kept things moving until we could regain our feet once again.
Now I sense an academic explosion coming.
This is our “thankful” edition of the Bear News.
Staff and kids were asked to finish this statement: I am most thankful for… and why.”
Martin: The wonderful people in my life family, friends, staff, school board, parents and students. Why? When people choose to put their best foot forward, life is good for everyone.
Sebastian 4th: I am most thankful for my dad, because I make dinner for him.
Sephan 4th: I am most thankful for my grandpa being around and that the turkey is good, because my grandpa is nice and I want him to like the food!
Hailey 3rd: I am most thankful for my family, because my mom is with my dad and my brother and we are all healthy.
Lilly 2nd: I am most thankful for the happy time I have with my mom, dad, Jake, and friends. Why I love it is because the family is together eating and we all have a good time together and we also have fun.
Brayden 2nd: Thank you God for Thanksgiving Day and also for my brother, mommy, and daddy.
Gwen 4th: I am most thankful for my family and my cousins, aunts, and uncles for being there. I need them. I am thankful because of my family, aunts, and uncles being kind and not mad all the time.
Alex 2nd: I am most thankful that my mom, dad, and grandma are around. Why: My dad and me cook the turkey then we stuff the turkey. Thank you for Thanksgiving.
Eve 2nd: I am most thankful for Thanksgiving and that my whole family is here and it is my grandma’s birthday. Why: Because my family is thankful for me and that is why.
Violet 2nd: I am most thankful for my mom. Because she is in surgery today.
Cody 1st: I am most thankful for my quad. It goes and I like it.
Mercedes 4th: I am most thankful for being with all my cousins and my grandparents. Why: Because being around my family makes me feel safe.
Cheyenne 4th: I am thankful for my mom, dad, brother, grandma and grandpa. Why: Because my mom cooks dinner and dad for being there. Grandma and grandpa for coming, helping, and eating with us. My brother for playing with me and sharing.
Emily 4th: I am most thankful for family and friends because they are fun and helpful and my family loves me. I am thankful for a roof over me and my family because it keeps us warm and safe.
Willow 2nd: I am most thankful for Thanksgiving and you mom and dad for loving me. Why: Because they love me and make the food.
Karen S: There are so many things to be thankful for at Thanksgiving and everyday. My loving husband and beautiful daughter, my family, the glorious place I live with the mountains and river and a village of friends; the freedom of choice. The simple privileges I have like driving my car whenever I want, going to shows, beaches, and ancient forests; teaching music to young musicians; growing my own food; having clean water and living in a peaceful thriving country (more or less). The list could go on and on and I try to remember that I am blessed each and every day with the ability to say THANKS!
Shaylia 5th: I am most thankful for my Aunty Coral Brickle, the food on the table, my school, and my mom. The reason I am thankful for my Aunty is ever since my grandma died, my aunty acted like she was my grandma. The reason I am thankful for my mom is she keeps me warm and feeds me. She even takes me to special events. The reason I am thankful for school is that some kids don’t get to go to school. The reason I am thankful for the food on my table is because prices are rising and it is hard to get food.
Kavan 1st: I am most thankful for my family. Without my family I wouldn’t exist.
Nancy 4th: I am most thankful being able to go to school. I enjoy math, art, P.E., music—anything! Why: Some people in different countries don’t get a good education.
Ryder 1st: I am most thankful for my new house. Why: Our old house was too small.
Sean 7th: I am most thankful for the food that I eat, the house I live in, and the family that loves me. Why: I am thankful for the food so I can eat, the house so I have shelter, and my family so I have people that love me.
Rio 7th: I am most thankful for my mom. Why: She is always there for me and I know she is my biggest fan! Without my mom I’d be lost.
Colby 6th: I am most thankful for holidays. Why: I am most thankful for holidays because you see friends and family all around you; plus, holidays are really fun.
Dakota 1st: I am most thankful for my family. They are nice.
Adeline 6th: I am most thankful for my mom and dad. Why I am thankful to my mom and dad for working to put food on the table for us: for having a roof over our heads; and for helping us with things for the future.
Isla (K): I am most thankful for my mom and my dog. Why: She buys us food and helps me. He always protects me.
Grace 5th: I am most thankful for my great family and my best friends, Cheyenne and Shay. Why: My family helps support me and I don’t know what I would do without them. Shay and Cheyenne are always there for me. We help each other out and if I am down they help me up. They are true friends.
Colin (K): I am most thankful for my house, because my family lives there.
Star (K): I am most thankful for my dogs. I love them and they are so cute.
Bonnie`Ann (K): I am most thankful for dinner. I really like macaroni and cheese.
Roxy (K): I am most thankful for my pet dog. She is really soft.
McKenna (K): I am most thankful for my dog, Dakota. He is soft and really nice.
Riley (P): I am most thankful for my mom and dad. She gives me hugs when I go to school and he lets me play his games.
Sierra (P): I am most thankful for my brother. He gives me big hugs and a kiss.
Adam (P): I am most thankful for seeing trains. I like trains.
Colby (P): I am most thankful for toys to play with. I like to play with toys.
Jacob (P): I am most thankful for my family. They feed me and take good care of me.
Kiah (P): I am most thankful for everyone I know. Why: Everyone I don’t know won’t play with me. The people I do know will.
Jim P. I am most thankful for my job.
The entire Index school is participating in this program kindergarteners to seventh grade students. Teachers are also wearing the tracking bands.
Nearly 7,000 fifth-graders and 900 faculty and staff in Snohomish County are partaking in the program, which utilizes a new technology that converts activity into digital points that can be tracked and redeemed in friendly competitions.
Gary Cohn is chair of the Coalition’s youth activity initiative
Public Schools. He points out that, data from the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey clearly demonstrates that there is a steep drop in activity in children after the sixth grade. By targeting our efforts at fifth graders, believe we can foster life-long habits that promote wellbeing and go far in the fight against obesity.”
The Coalition has
secured many important partners to help students get moving, including:
In addition to being able to join in all YMCA activities, participating students will receive their own Sqord PowerPod – a durable wristband that converts student’s activity into points.
is an innovative way to encourage Snohomish county’s children to be healthy and active,” said Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01), who was on hand at Stocker Farms to help launch the initiative. “I’m excited to see how the program’s use of technology will spur greater engagement among the students as they track their progress and compare how they are doing with their fellow classmates from across the county – making it fun and social for the participating children.”The Coalition worked with school superintendents, teachers, health and education professionals to create the initiative. More than 200 students in six classrooms across three school districts participated in a pilot program in Spring 2013. The results were overwhelmingly positive. The average activity per user was almost 60,000 points (40,000 points is defined as a healthy day), 52 percent of students uploaded data at least every three days, and they were social online.
“ is an exciting opportunity for our students and demonstrates the innovative ideas that abound in our community ,” said John Lovick, Snohomish County Executive. “A tremendous deal of praise goes to the teachers, students and Coalition partners who helped get running. This initiative is coming alive thanks in large part to their enthusiasm and support. This is great news for the county.”
The Coalition has also partnered with Snohomish Health District, which is working with the Initiative to help define and track a series of measurable objectives. Throughout the year, participating students will have the opportunity to participate in voluntary surveys to help gauge results.
“This program doesn’t just reward the jocks of each classroom; it rewards all movement, be that taking a walk or washing the dishes. We’re encouraging healthy habits and education, and we’re doing it in a fun and engaging way,” said Carol Andrews, vice president of the Everett Public School Board. “Studies show that increased activity among kids leads to stronger academic performance. The key is making it fun and challenging, and does just that.”
This initiative will result in the creation of the nation’s first online real-time heat map of human activity. This information, in partnership with the Snohomish County Health District, will enable the Coalition to gain and rapidly share insights into what influences movement in order to create recommendations to sustain positive impacts in 2014 and beyond.
Additionally, the initiative is providing a variety of opportunities for participating teachers and faculty to come together to share their learning. Collaboration vehicles include a LinkedIn page, monthly e-newsletter, and innovation salons that will occur in the Spring.
Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.
Each year we collect cards between October and early December and then distribute them at military installations, veterans’ hospitals, and in other locations.
There are several ways to be part of the Holiday Mail for Heroes program. In addition to sending cards on your own, you may want to start making plans to host card signing parties or card making parties. Here are a few guidelines to help you on your way:
Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
greetings should be addressed and sent to:
Linda and family did 106. Can you beat that total?
Tuesdays are band days…
Beginning band starts at 2:30 and ends at 3:15. Advanced band begins at 3:15 and ends at 4:00.
Wednesdays are choir days…
Beginning at 1:30 and ending at 2:15.
When picking up your children after band or choir, please use the Music room door located on the west side of the building. Thanks.
Sultan Library Shares:
Candy House Drop-In Workshop
Stop by the library to make your own sugary creation of graham crackers and candy and then take it home with you. Drop-in anytime between 1:00 and 3:00. Supported by Friends of the Sultan Library.
Friday, Dec 20 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Crazy, Foamy, Bouncy Fun with Chemistry!
Explore exploding, elephant toothpaste. Discover if raisins can dance. Experiment with bouncing blobs. Bonus feature: special visits from Chemical Kevin. For ages 6-12. Supported by Friends of the Granite Falls Library.
Monday, Dec 30 11:00 am
Index Elementary School
Teacher’s Craft Night and Pie Sale
Wednesday, December 4th
6 pm – 8 pm
Please join the staff for holiday crafts and pie sale! If you have a craft you would like to share please let Miss Rachel know.
Pie slices will be $3.00 each. All proceeds go toward our end of the year field trip.
Bakers are needed. Why not show off your talents and make a tasty treat for the sale? Thanks!
***********************Skykomish Field Trip
Friday, November 22, 2013
Skykomish is hosting Season of Stories & Songs!
They have invited our students to come to their library for a free program to celebrate the changes of seasons and special family gatherings with music, stories, puppet shows, and fun.
The show includes:
Volunteers of America forms were due back today. Please have them to us no later than Monday morning to be included in this program.
If you have questions or would like to donate please contact Jennifer Reasoner.
Ph: 360-793-2400 x 14005
Vision and Hearing
The ChildFind program conducts activities for the purpose of locating, evaluating and identifying students with a suspected disability.
Activities apply to student’s ages birth through 21. Formal screenings and assessments, which could include the areas of hearing, vision, social skills, languages, learning and motor skills, are completed on preschool students.
For parent(s)/guardians(s) with concerns about their child’s development or questions about the ChildFind program, please contact the Index School at 360-793-1330.
Parents and students may exercise their personal preference for home instruction, but must register their Declaration of Intent with the Index School District to conduct instruction in the home. Home instruction is subject to those state laws and regulations, which ensure a sufficient basic education program in provided. Registration forms for home schooling may be obtained by calling the school. Granting of credit for home instruction is at the discretion of the district. (RCW28A.225.010; 28A.150.350; WAC392.134.002-392.134.010; WAC392.121.181-392.121.183)
Special education services:
Index Public School provides special education services for all students with disabilities. These services are available in the general age range of birth through age 21 and are provided as near the child’s home school area as possible. Parent(s)/guardian(s) of students with disabilities have basic rights in the following areas: (1) notice and consent, (2) confidentiality of records, (3) testing and assessment, (4) individualized educational program, (5) placement, and (6) due process (mediation and/or impartial hearing), a standardized process for resolving disagreements.
Index Public School has the legal responsibility to notify parent(s)/guardians(s) when the district proposes to initiate or change the identification, assessment or education of the child; or when it, upon request of the parent(s)/guardian(s), refuses to initiate or change the identification, assessment or educational placement of the child or the provision of a free appropriate education to the child.
Comcast offers $10 Internet access for low-income families
Thanks to regulators who required low-income access when Comcast acquired NBC Universal earlier this year, families with students who receive free school lunches will now qualify for low-cost Internet access.
For students this fall, that means families with an income of about $29,000 or less would qualify for the new “Internet Essentials” program, which provides $9.95 a month broadband Internet access, vouchers for discounted $149 computers, free Norton anti-virus software, and free computer training. The program is available for families in Comcast service areas with K-12 students who don’t have current Internet service and don’t have any outstanding Comcast bills. And unlike the introductory rates advertised on TV, Comcast says the $9.95 rate won’t increase.
Disclaimer: the following is not an Index School sponsored event:
Join the Girl Scouts! To find out more about Girl Scouts, visit them at www.girlscoutsww.org or call Andrea Lang at 360-793-1097 to join the new Index Troop! Open to Kindergarten through 12th grade!!
IMMUNIZATIONS CHANGES BELOW!
Michele Roberts, Immunization and Child Profile Office 360-236-3720
Julie Graham, Communications Office 360-236-4022
Immunizations for children should be part of your summer plans
Protect your children from vaccine-preventable diseases before the back to school rush
OLYMPIA ¾ Get a head start on a healthy school year by making sure summer plans include getting your kids fully immunized. Make an appointment now before the rush of sports physicals and yearly checkups makes scheduling more difficult.
“When we send our children to child care or school, we don’t want them to catch dangerous illnesses like whooping cough or measles,” said State Health Officer and pediatrician Dr. Maxine Hayes. “Vaccine-preventable diseases spread quickly in schools — immunizations can protect our children and our communities.”
Washington’s school immunization exemption rates show that many of our state’s children are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Whooping cough has increased in Washington, with more than 600 cases of this serious disease in our state last year. Measles also poses a growing threat to our kids and four cases have already been confirmed this year, including one identified yesterday.
Parents can find out which immunizations are required for school and child care attendance online (www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/default.htm), and should request their child’s vaccination records now to allow time for an appointment with a healthcare provider if additional immunizations are needed. Children who are up-to-date on recommended immunizations meet school and child care entry requirements.
Although exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons, the best disease protection is to make sure children have all their recommended immunizations. Children who aren’t fully immunized may be sent home from school, preschool, or child care during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable disease.
A new law effective July 22, 2011 changes the process for parents or guardians to exempt their child from school or child care immunization requirements. Under the new law, parents must get information from their health care provider about immunizations. The health care provider must then sign a Certificate of Exemption form for most types of exemptions. More information about the form and the new law (www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/Immunize/default.htm) is available online.
All recommended vaccines for children under 19 are provided at no-cost through Washington’s Childhood Vaccine Program. Health care providers may charge an office visit or administration fee, but this can also be waived for those who cannot pay. For help finding a health care provider or an immunization clinic, call a local health agency (www.doh.wa.gov/LHJMap/LHJMap.htm) or the WithinReach (www.withinreachwa.org) Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.
Listen to State Health Officer Dr. Maxine Hayes talk about immunizations using the MP3 audio clips on our back-to-school immunizations page ( http://www.doh.wa.gov/NewsRoom).The Department of Health website (www.doh.wa.gov) is your source for a healthy dose of information. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Change in Exemption Requirements
June 14, 2011
Dear Parent or Guardian:
State law requires that before attending a licensed child care or school, children must get immunized against certain diseases that vaccines can prevent. Parents and guardians meet this requirement by filling out and turning in a Certificate of Immunization Status, showing their child has the required vaccinations (or that he or she has immunity already because of having the illness).
If parents and guardians choose to exempt their child from one or more of the required vaccines, they must fill out a Certificate of Exemption form. The 2011 Washington State Legislature passed a law that changes the process for getting an immunization exemption. All other parts of the law remain the same.
The new law says that:
· Parents or guardians who want to exempt their child from school or child care immunization requirements must first talk to a licensed health care provider about the benefits and risks of immunization. The provider must sign the Certificate of Exemption verifying that the parent got this information.
· A health care provider does not need to sign the form for parents or guardians who show membership in a church or religious body that does not allow medical care from a health care provider.
· A provider may also write and sign a letter that verifies the same information instead of signing the form.
· Schools and child cares can accept copies of the exemption form and provider letter.
· Providers signing the form in good faith won’t face legal liability.
Beginning July 22, 2011, parents or guardians who want to exempt their child from immunization requirements must fill out and turn in the updated exemption form to their school or child care. Find more information and the form at www.doh.wa.gov/cfh/immunize/schools/default.htm.
Skipping vaccinations or missing vaccine doses makes it more likely that your child can catch and spread serious illnesses like whooping cough and measles, which vaccines can prevent. Getting kids all their recommended immunizations protects them, their classmates, friends, and families from preventable diseases. Kids who don’t get fully immunized may have to stay home from school, preschool, or child care if a disease outbreak occurs.
Index School District
What To Do?
What to do if we oversleep and/or my child will be late to school? First thing, call the school and let us know your child is on his or her way. Second, let us know if you want them to have hot lunch. This needs to be done prior to 8:30 a.m. If you didn’t let us know prior to 8:30 we will want you to supply the child’s lunch. I hope that clears up things for all. Lunches are prepared according to actual lunch counts. This saves the school district money and in turn saves families money by holding down the cost to purchase lunches.
What to do when Winter Weather arrives
We would like to remind you of the website http://www.schoolreport.org/ that you can access for school schedule changes due to adverse weather conditions and other emergency situations. This system also alerts the local radio and television stations to schedule changes for our school.
In a power outage, our school phone system only lasts as long as the back-up batteries. If we have a long power outage, we usually release the students at 11:30 a.m. prior to the building becoming chilly.
When we have snow, we work with the Department of Transportation since we have our buses on Highway 2; the Town of Index for the roads from the highway into town; and our own Transportation Department along with our Superintendent to weigh the risk factor --often starting school late or closing.
Be assured your child’s safety along with our staff’s safety is first and foremost in our decision-making.
DISCLAIMER THIS IS NOT AN INDEX SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT
Sheriff Joe Beard would like to let parents know that they can get automatic e-mail alerts when a level 2 or 3 offender moves within 1 mile of their home.
Here are the directions:
Go to the Sheriff’s Office Web site located at
Click on site
Click on Sheriff Services
Click on registered sex offenders
Slide down to middle of this page to Washington State Sex Offender Web Site (Snohomish County) and click on this
Center of page at top states Register for E-mail alerts
One can also search the web site by entering address of where they live and a map will appear for them.
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Index Elementary zip code is 98256.